Applied Osteology


Elective Course
Credits: 3

This course will provide a more specialized application to the principles of forensic anthropology through an in-depth look into some of the more common practices of a forensic anthropologist. Addressing the biological profile, comparative osteology, and unique cases that would involve a forensic anthropologist, the student will gain a better understanding of how osteology is applied in forensic casework.

Prerequisite: Principles of Osteology

Course Objectives: 

  • Understand the role a forensic anthropologist plays in a death investigation
  • Identify all major components of the biological profile
  • Understand and explain the methods used to determine each aspect of the biological profile
  • Explain the utility of forensic taphonomy in a death investigation
  • Understand methods of clandestine grave detection and excavation


  • Module 1: Introduction to Forensic Casework
  • Module 2: The Biological Profile – Sex
  • Module 3: The Biological Profile – Age
  • Module 4: The Biological Profile – Ancestry and “Race”
  • Module 5: The Biological Profile – Stature
  • Module 6: Unique Pathology or Condition
  • Module 7: Forensic Taphonomy
  • Module 8: Clandestine Grave Detection and Excavation